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Rio Grande Holds Off Pioneers Rally, 79-58

Tyrese Duncan (#1) added eight points and six rebounds for the Pioneers Saturday.
Tyrese Duncan (#1) added eight points and six rebounds for the Pioneers Saturday.

RIO GRANDE, OHIO - The Redstorm of the University of Rio Grande was able to hold off a Pioneers second half storm to hand CU Harrodsburg their third loss of the season on Saturday, 79-58, at the Bevo Francis Classic. 

CU Harrodsburg would struggle on the offensive end to start the game, putting up 10 points in the first ten minutes of the afternoon. Rio Grande would jump out to a 32-10 lead in the early portion of the first half before the Pioneers would find an offensive spark heading into the half. Tyrese Duncan would find consecutive baskets before finding Chris Rawlins for a midrange jumper, helping the Pioneers spark their run. CU Harrodsburg would trail 35-21 at the half.

The Pioneers would continue to find their offense as the second half started, going on their best run of the young season. Devin Baker, making his first appearance of the season, along with Tyron Duncan and Chris Rawlins, would find their rhythm in the second, going on a strong push to begin the half. CU would close the gap to seven in the opening minutes, trailing 46-39. 

After a basket from Aamaj Platt cut the lead to seven, the Red Storm would have the opportunity to tally five points on a single trip down the floor, with Shiloah Blevins scoring the basket and earning a trip to the line for the extra point. A technical foul would be called, giving the Red Storm two additional free throws. Blevins would go on for six more points in the following moments, helping to push the lead back to 19, 62-43. 

The Pioneers would find their first three point basket with 35 seconds remaining in the game from Kereion Douglas. Tyron Duncan would hit a three on the next trip down the floor with 16 seconds remaining. 

Rio Grande defeated the Pioneers 79-58.

Saturday's loss was the first appearance of the season for senior forward Devin Baker

"I believe we got better today," Baker said. "We have to not put ourselves in a hole to start, that ultimately makes everything more difficult." 

Baker added eight points and three rebounds.

Junior guard Tyrese Duncan agrees with Baker, that the run can't come from a deficit.

"We need to start the game with the same intensity," Duncan said. "Just like we started the second half with."

The Pioneers were still without junior forward Antoine Darby, missing his second game of the season after an ankle injury in the season opener at Bob Jones. 

CU Harrodsburg returns to action Tuesday against Kentucky Wesleyan, with a matchup against Lipscomb on Wednesday heading into the Thanksgiving break.